Pinotage is a uniquely South African red grape that was the result of the crossing of cinsaut and pinot noir. It became the second-most popular grape variety in the country.

More like syrah than pinot noir, this dark grape has very prominent tannins. Grown in vineyards from the Robertson region, the wine is aged in older oak barrels for 10 months and blended with a portion that is unoaked.

The result is a fully structured and balanced wine with red fruit flavors and a rustic feel.

Sherry: “A tannic blend of violet floral notes with cherry, raspberry and pepper with subtle nuances of clove on the finish.” (3 stars out of 5)

Chris: “A bouquet of leather and cinnamon with cherry fruit, clove and prominent tannins.” (3 stars out of 5)

Available from $14 to $17.

Coming next week: Santa Ema Merlot Reserva

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